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#1 posted 02-05-2019 06:57 PM

I did CA exclusively for a while but I have been moving more towards wax finishes. The HUT perfect pen polish is one of my favorites, especially for wood with very closed pores. More open grained wood like oak takes a bit more prep work before the wax buffs evenly in my experience. Shine juice is also a nice finish if you are in no rush and do multiple coats. Same recipe that AndyBB posted above just with equal parts of each. I have found friction polishes over CA work, but if you are too aggressive it can burn the CA and make a mess. My lathe doesn’t have a very low speed so it becomes pretty easy to overdo it.

Never tried EEE shine or Yorkshire Grit, but I have used a homemade version with fine pumice and diatomaceous earth mixed with a little bit of pastewax. Only reason I make my own is I already buy 50lb bags of both abrasives for my pool filter. Works pretty decent on wood and really well on acrylics.

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